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Development Associate

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy
New York, United States
$45,000.00 - $50,000.00
Posted Date
Jun 12, 2024

The Development Associate is a key member of a small and committed development team, led by Lewa’s Chief Development Officer. Lewa’s international team is currently based across the USA, UK, Europe, and Kenya working in close collaboration with the teams at Lewa headquarters in Kenya.

This full-time position is based within the East Coast of the US with the New York area preferred. Infrequent domestic and international travel may be required.

The Development Associate role includes administrative, systematic, research, and creative support of all areas of the Lewa International Fundraising Team. The Development Associate will execute elements of the annual fundraising and communications plans, and at times interact with donors. Excellent written and verbal communication skills are a requirement for success in this position, as well as proactive planning and collaboration. Primary responsibilities include processing gifts, acknowledging gifts and donations, and support work within the donor database system, assisting with donor cultivation and stewardship, and providing support for small regional events.

The Development Associate will help us reach our fundraising goals and support a strong culture of philanthropy, which is essential to sustain and grow our programs and mission. 


Key Responsibilities

Donor Information and Support Management

• Process, review, and send donor acknowledgment letters.

• Ensure donor acknowledgment letters are regularly refreshed, kept current, and that all acknowledgments are properly documented.

• Ensure tasks and deadlines assigned to fundraisers are entered and updated in Salesforce.

• Monitor general Lewa email accounts for timely follow up tasks and responses.

• Support senior team members with donor information management by logging call notes, next steps, history, new developments, conservancy visits, and follow-up tasks.

• Support fundraisers on n data entry especially during annual budgeting and revenue forecasting. 


Fundraising Support

• Play a key supporting role in annual direct mail activities including list management with fundraisers, mail merges, formatting, printing and personalization of letters, troubleshooting, coordinating supplies, interfacing with mail houses, etc.

• Coordinate meetings and take minutes.

• Regularly manage updates to mailing lists to ensure all contacts are properly moved through development process and coded for tracking appropriately.

• Set up campaigns within donation platform systems to ensure that results are accurately tracked, and proactively and routinely reports campaign results to team while campaign occurs.

• Research potential prospects.

• Produce data reports for fundraising team members.

• Coordinate workshops, webinars, and donor invitations.

• Draft emails and donor correspondence.

• Support senior team members and cultivation of major donors.

• Respond to donor queries in a timely, professional manner.

• Draft PowerPoint presentations.

• Responsible for gift entry into CRM system.

• Ensuring integrity of CRM system.

• Analyze nonprofit market trends and conditions and keep team abreast of information and changes.

• Support fundraising events.

• Other duties and support as assigned.


Qualifications and Competencies

The Development Coordinator must demonstrate:

• Strong Salesforce (or similar CRM) database skills a must

• Advanced writing, editing, and verbal communications skills

• Microsoft Office Suite proficiency in Word and Excel

• Proficient in graphic design (Canva, PowerPoint, Adobe Photoshop, etc.)

• Research and ability to present summary/analysis of work

• Bachelor’s or Associate degree

• 1-3 years of experience in non-profit development, marketing, or fundraising

• Excellent attention to detail and solid project management skills

• Able to prioritize tasks in a fast-paced environment


Education, Training and Experience

• Proven track record of non-profit administration

• University degree or equivalent



• Lewa provides a competitive salary (based on experience and location), benefits and holiday compensation package.

• Quality health insurance and 403(b) qualified tax advantaged retirement plan/equivalent provided.

• Ability to work primarily from home at present; reliable internet service required.


Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. Lewa is not able to sponsor employment visas. 


Application Process Please submit resume/CV and cover letter by email to: with “Development Associate” in the subject line by 5pm EST June 30th, 2024 (note: suitable candidates will be considered and/or interviewed on a rolling basis as their applications are received). To be considered please follow these submission instructions carefully.


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